Description:Originally a YouTube competitor, Veoh has expanded its ambitions into becoming an aggregator of network programming (CBS, Fox, NBC), as well as other professionally produced material such as Prom Queen, made for the Net by Michael Eisner's company, Vuguru. A recent deal with Viacom will lead to the addition of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and The Hills. Veoh also has a download video recorder that lets you save shows on your laptop or PC.
Experience:A TV Shows folder on the site opens up to show a menu of your favorites. About 100 series offer three to 20 episodes each; for 24, Veoh offers five episodes each from Seasons 1 and 6. Episodes start after a short ad and can be expanded to full-screen, fine for PC watching. You can fast-forward but must watch additional ads for each episode. Viewers can comment on the episodes and post them on Facebook or e-mail to friends.
Expert says:"Veoh has grown a niche for itself to be an online, always-on destination to watch episodes," Patriquin says. "Their traffic is up about 2,000% since 2006."
Description:Last month, MySpace launched this hub with full-length shows from NBC and Fox, plus classics such as Buck Rogers, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Kojak ("powered by Hulu") and exclusive series such as Roommates.
Experience:Playing episodes is not quite intuitive. A long list of available series resides below several shows and movies promoted at the top of the page; click on a show name such as Kojak, and a new page with a video window pops up. But you must click the episode title to open yet another page to start playing. And this is a no-frills viewer: You cannot resize the video or move it from the page. Ten-second ads play every 10 minutes or so. Video is watchable but grainy. Social networking features allow you to approve ("Booyah!") or disapprove ("No way!"), add comments, send bulletins to MySpace friends and post to your blog.
Expert says:"MySpace probably has the strongest platform of any of the video sites," Patriquin says. "I don't believe it's become known as a destination for episodes yet, but it has the most potential because of its user base."
Description:AOL remains one of the largest content portals online, and in addition to its IN2TV library of classic TV shows, the site helps direct users to full episodes, too. The page at television.aol.com/video highlights full episodes from all major networks — ABC (Ugly Betty), CBS (CSI) Fox (The Simpsons), NBC (The Office) — and displays a list of offered shows.
Experience:Intuitive? Not so much. Even though Heroes is spotlighted as having full episodes, none are to be found. To reach some series episodes, you must click and scroll through pages. After clicking on a full episode of American Gladiators, the show launched, after a short ad, in a small window that couldn't be resized. The same thing happened with an episode of Bones found through the video search engine. (For each, a link offers to send you to Hulu.) But CBS' CSI: New York could be expanded, and with ABC shows, you're sent to dynamic.abc.com to see a fully resizable window to watch, say, Big Shots, probably the best video experience of all.
Expert says:"It's bringing in content from a lot of different sites," Patriquin says. "By and large they have been able to retain their brand name and their users' loyalty through improvements, and video is certainly one of the leading ones."
Description:Along with TV listings and news and features, the portal's TV beta service has a list of 40 shows including 30 Rock, Battlestar Galactica, Chuck, Heroes, House, Prison Break and The Simpsons.
Experience:Each show has several full episodes and preview clips. Once you find a show, it begins playing quickly. However, you cannot resize the no-frills player and its video even looks jagged with low-fi Simpsons episodes. Two short ads play during the episode, and Nissan ads play during a Heroes episode. Yahoo TV also notes when episodes play on TV.
Expert says:"Yahoo has huge traffic volume. It really needs to prove itself because it's under so much pressure," Patriquin says. "It does not have a lot of programs now. It's more of a television-guide site."